Your roof is one of the biggest investments you make for your home. Not only does it affect curb appeal, but the quality and lifespan of your roof can increase the value of your home. When it comes to making adjustments or upgrades to your roof, the more information you have, the better decision you’ll make. We’ve compiled a list of common roofing materials and their pros and cons so you can easily compare the cost, durability, and longevity of each material. When it comes to making a repair or replacing your entire roof, you can be confident in your choice and the materials used.
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the United States. There is a wide range of colors and styles to match your home perfectly without breaking the bank. They are by far the most affordable option. While easy to install and reliable, their lifespan only reaches 15 to 30 years, making them the least durable option. If you have an isolated leak or broken shingles from a storm, asphalt shingles can be replaced cheaply and quickly. However, the age of your roof will depend on whether or not it's wise to repair a portion of your roof or install a new roof. In this case, a trusted roofing contractor from Alliance Roofing Company will help you make the best decision.
Wooden shingles give your home a unique look while providing more durability than the standard asphalt roof. The average lifespan of a wooden roof is 25 years. However, it is more expensive than asphalt shingles and requires more maintenance. Any damage done to a wood roof means extensive--and expensive--repair work. Because the life expectancy of a wooden roof is relatively low considering the cost and upkeep, it’s not a popular choice. If you have a damaged or aging wooden roof it may be time to replace your roof with new material.
Over the last several years, metal roofing has become more popular. Its sleek style and durability make it a strong contender. In fact, it has a lifespan of 60 years and rarely requires repair. If an impact causes damage to your metal roof, you can have it repaired and continue to enjoy your beautiful roof. Metal roofs are also fire resistant which may lower your insurance rates and increase the value of your home. Metal roofing--whether aluminum, copper, or steel--is a financial investment, but the lack of maintenance and dependability make this roofing material very attractive.
Tile roofing is very popular in certain areas of the nation because it's aesthetically pleasing and extremely durable. Tile roofs are fire-resistant, non-combustible, and are resistant to insects and rotting. Therefore, they have a lifespan of 100 years. In terms of quality, tile roofing is second to none. However, it is very costly. Damage done to a tile roof will almost always lead to repair, not a replacement, which makes this option appealing for many. Be prepared to discuss the high price of installation and ensure that the structure of your home can withstand the additional weight from the tiles.
Slate roofing provides matchless durability for over 100 years which is why many see slate as the king of roofing materials. But kings are not cheap. And while repair and maintenance are rare, you’ll need to consider whether or not this investment will give you the return you desire.
If you have roof damage or know that your roof is aging, talk to a reliable roofing contractor today. All roofing contractors through Alliance Roofing Company are GAF Master Elite Certified to bring you quality service and honest assessments. We’ll help you confidently whether it’s time to replace your roof or repair it, with materials that match your style and your budget. Schedule a free estimate today.